It is the story of centuries of trials and miracles, successes, and failures. And it is, often, the retelling of the struggles that all of creation must endure.
The Bible shows us more trials and failures than miracles. And each miracle recorded is the result of dire trials and manifest failures. We will examine these rare occasions when God appears on the scene in a miraculous way. But to do so accurately, we must give full attention to the context in which God responds. The circumstances and settings in which God acts provide us with the context.
God seldom, if ever, performs a miracle at the first possible opportunity. In fact, He focuses as much on the trial as the miracle. It is urgent that we understand why He works in this way with His children. For until we understand His divine purpose for our plight, we will fail to exercise the faith and hope God provides. Instead, we will be tempted to doubt His purposes, love, promises, and plans.
“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.” Genesis 50:20
In this short book, we examine a few of the prominent examples of this “evil for good” context found in God’s Word. For, in truth, each born-again believer lives just such a life.